Paul Stankowski has had his share of injuries -- right wrist surgery in 2003, a right shoulder injury in 2007 among them. Because of those, only once since 2003 has Stankowski played in more than 20 events in a season (2006 when he made 22 starts).
In other words, bad injuries led to some bad play and Satnkowski has had to fight for his status ever since.
After finishing ninth at q-school last year, though, he’s at least had his opportunities this year. In 12 starts, however, Stankowski has missed the cut seven times and has just two finishes in the top 50 when he has made it to the weekend.
So it goes without saying a good week in Memphis would go a long, long way for the Texan. So far, so good. Through 11 holes, Stankowski is 4 under, bogey-free (and injury free) and tied for the lead.
Can he keep it up? Follow the rest of Stankowski’s round here .
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It wasn’t all that long ago that Paul Stankowski was a mainstay on the PGA TOUR, finishing in the top 100 on the money list in six of nine years from 1996-2004. Injuries have sidetracked his career, however, and he’s been bouncing between the Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR ever since, including this year.
The Flower Mound, Texas, resident is in contention here though, playing in just his third TOUR event of the season. He’s even par through eight holes here in Round 2, but he did have a long birdie on No. 6 just a little while ago (see video below), and 5 under for the week, just a couple of shots off the current lead. -- Brian Wacker
Paul Stankowski makes a long birdie on No 6.
This is just the fourth time Paul Stankowski has teed it up on the PGA TOUR this season. So far, he’s making the most of the opportunity. Stankowski is the clubhouse leader after a 5-under 67 in which he made six birdies and just one bogey after hitting 15 greens in regulation.
Of course this isn’t unfamiliar territory for Stankowski, who went to school at UTEP and lives just outside Fort Worth, Texas. Stankowski made just three cuts in nine starts last year on TOUR, finishing in the top 25 twice (one of which came in this event). In the two cuts Stankowski’s made this year, he had a top-15 in one of them, tying for 12th in Puerto Rico.
It’s been a difficult couple of seasons for Stankowski, though. In 2008, he played on a Major Medical because of a shoulder injury that’s plagued him since the mid 2000s. He wasn’t able to earn enough, however, to maintain his status on TOUR. -- Brian Wacker